Myth or Extinction?
“His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he will push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim , and they are the thousands of Manasseh.” (Deuteronomy 33:17) KJV
The King James Version was the only version that uses the word “unicorn,” or so I thought when I discovered that even the New King James Version uses the words “wild ox”. Then I discovered that the 21st Century King James Version retained the word unicorn. Does it matter? When a word is used nine times in Scripture, and the version that was written in England uses the word unicorn, it makes me stop to think.
Myth or Genetic Memory?
The symbols came first. Is there a deeper meaning to using the word unicorn instead of wild ox? Or is it simply Anglo/Saxon prejudice? Is it pure fantasy that paints a picture of a unicorn being hunted, or a mysterious memory. Perhaps the remainder of the verse will shed some light.
“…., with them he will push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim (God’s firstborn) and the thousands of Manasseh.”
These words were Moses’ as he blessed the individual tribes before his death. Are they prophetic of Ephraim and Manasseh pushing the remnant of the house of Israel “to the ends of the earth” escaping Assyria?”
To be continued.